October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and here at Beautifully Polished we want to do everything we can to increase awareness of the disease and encourage others to do the same. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. With that in mind here are some simple things you can do to become more aware of your breast health.
MAMMOGRAPHY - The most important screening test for breast cancer is the mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast. Early detection is one of the most important steps you can take, and a mammogram can detect breast cancer up to two years before the tumor can be felt by you or your doctor.
- Women age 40 or older who are at average risk of breast cancer should have a mammogram once a year.
- Women at high risk should have yearly mammograms along with an MRI starting at age 30.
CLINICAL BREAST EXAM (CBE) - During a CBE, your doctor examines your breasts and the surrounding area for any possible signs of breast cancer. Your doctor checks for changes in the size or shape of your breasts, skin changes (including rashes, dimpling or redness), or other abnormal changes (such as lumps or discharge from the nipple).
- Women in their 20's or 30's should have a CBE about every three years as part of a general health exam.
- Women over 40 should have a CBE once a year.
BREAST SELF EXAM - It’s important to get in the habit of doing monthly self-exams starting at age 20. Examining yourself on a regular basis lets you become familiar with your breasts, so you will notice any changes that may occur.Though breast self-exams, are important, they should not replace regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Ask your doctor to find out the proper method for performing a breast self-exam.
If we all take the time to make these simple steps a regular part of our lives, we can help to stop cancer in its tracks. We can’t just stop at awareness though, Beautifully Polished is committed to raising money for the fight against cancer as well. To participate in the fight, we are offering two amazing products that support breast cancer awareness and research; Hydropeptide’s Breast Cancer Awareness Retail Kit and The Smell the Roses hydration spray.
Every year HydroPeptide participates in Breast Cancer Awareness by creating a retail kit containing one full size Eye Authority and one Island Bloom Perfecting Gloss. The kit is created to offer proceeds to the Look Good, Feel Better program, which works to improve the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer.
Jane Iredale’s Smell the Roses hydration spray was developed exclusively for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, which is an organization that provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Living Beyond Breast Cancer receives 100% of profits from the sale of these sprays. For more information about both these wonderful organizations, follow the links at the bottom of this post. With your help, we can work to end the fight against breast cancer!